Skills for Employment Programme on RMG

Connecting skilled youths to the largest export industry in the country

Fulfilling the demands of the largest export earner of the country through training local youths to craft the future of the industry Show more

One of the greatest steps towards realizing vision 2021 is a2i’s skills development programme on youth and ensuring decent jobs for them. One of the initiatives is based on Bangladesh’s thriving and vibrant Readymade Garments (RMG) sector. a2i, with the support of Skills for Employment Investment Programme (SEIP) of the Finance Division and Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), has started two two-month skills development programme. Each has 20 people per batch. This training is for creating mid-level managers. The other one is on operating a knitting or woven machine. SEIP is providing technical support for them.

For the first programme, anyone, with a bachelor’s certificate, between 20-35 years, is eligible for this training. The participants should also possess good communication & leadership skills. For the other one, participants need to be between 17 and 35 years and must have had schooling up to 8th grade. This particular project is designed for those on the brink of poverty.

Before delving into why we need such programmes a glimpse of Bangladesh is necessary where those below 30 years make up 60% of the total labor force. Most of these youth are in a perpetual crunch for money. It is either that they do not have enough to get through school or they are not earning enough to get by with their family because they don’t have the necessary skills. Given the rising population, jobs are also becoming increasingly scarce and all the more so for those without a good skill set.

These projects have been initiated keeping that in mind. The target group of the projects includes people from ethnic minorities of the plains. In each batch, 60% participants come from those minorities. After just two months of training, people find jobs as guaranteed by the BGMEA. The figures are great too as the starting salary is Tk 25,000 in the first case and in the second scenario, minimum salary is Tk 8,000 per month. So, they will gain much after only two months of training.

One batch — 20 participants — has successfully completed the training and joined decent jobs in garment factories. As for the second case a2i’s result has been positive as well, as there has been four batches that completed the training and a five is underway with 30 participants in each. 120 people have secured a paying job.

To sum it up, people are now able to get a job and pay their bills. Not only do the new job holders benefit from this, but so do the employers who get properly trained employees.

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